Solar Cell Manufacturer Uses SPC Software and Real-Time Quality Control

Suniva Selects WinSPC Real-time SPC Software and preventative quality control methods to increase manufacturing efficiency and process capability

Online PR News – 20-November-2009 – – DataNet Quality Systems (DataNet), developers of WinSPC® and QualTrend® quality control software, announced today that Suniva, a solar cell manufacturer, has implemented WinSPC real-time SPC software across their manufacturing facility to assure the highest quality and most efficient manufacturing process available.

“WinSPC will give us the ability to quickly detect and correct a process issue before a defect can occur,” said Jasen Moffit, process engineer Suniva. “This technology is key to instituting a more efficient, higher value problem prevention strategy. “

The Suniva team expects to achieve a rapid return on its program investment; it plans to:
* Improve process capability
* Improve employee time dedicated to data collection through automated SPC

Suniva has implemented WinSPC ( at its state-of-the-art facility in Norcross, Georgia, where it manufactures high-efficiency silicon PV solar cells. The team will monitor 21 key process parameters across its multistep process of sorting, etching, diffusion, PSG removal, CVD, print, and final test. It will use WinSPC to:
* Capture process data from various devices and data sources, like the company’s MES system
* Store and centralize critical process Data
* Monitor processes using SPC charts
* Alert personnel of out-of-control processes in real-time
* Perform analysis and create quality reports such as Capability Studies, Summary Reports, and Certificates of Analysis

The company contracted DataNet’s Solution Delivery team to assist in an on-site implementation of WinSPC. The team worked closely with Suniva to install WinSPC within the company’s network, integrate WinSPC with the MES system to begin collecting data, perform basic training, and assisted the team in developing a strategy to manage their key parameter data within WinSPC.

About DataNet
DataNet Quality Systems empowers manufacturers to improve products, processes, and profitability through real-time statistical software solutions. The company’s vision is to deliver trusted and capable technology solutions that allow manufacturers to create the highest quality product for the lowest possible cost. DataNet’s flagship product, WinSPC, provides statistical decision-making at the point of production and delivers real-time, actionable information to where it is needed most. With over 2500 installed facilities worldwide and distributors across the globe, DataNet is dedicated to delivering a high level of customer service and support, shop-floor expertise, and professional Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing services. For additional information please visit